Calvert Hall, McDonogh capture MIAA, Catholic titles

Knott and Remeto take 1,600s

Johnson, Zuknick claim 800s

Track and field


One of the best things about track and field is redemption is usually just a race, a throw or a jump away.

Disappointed when Chris Knott and McDonogh's Kacie Remeto stole their thunder in 1,600-meter races yesterday, Aaron Johnson and Kelly Zuknick ran their best times while capturing the boys and girls 800s.

"I needed that badly, a PR [personal record] in the 800," said Archbishop Spalding junior Zuknick, "although I can't say I was upset after losing the 1,600 to Kacie.

"The whole field went out fast, and we went through the half in the same time we usually run for that race. She just didn't let me run the race I wanted to. But 5: 10 is the best I've ever done."

In the boys 1,600 of the combined Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association and Catholic League meet on the Poly track, Knott, a Loyola senior, made quick work of the field and added a 4: 23.1 1,600 to his 3,200 win in 9: 39.4 on Thursday.

"My plan was to run an even pace -- fast but even -- all the way. I guess I got too fired up," he said.

Ablaze was an apt description of Knott's first 400 meters: 60 seconds flat. "I was looking for 63 or 64," he said, "but I didn't panic. I told myself, `Just relax and don't think about it.' "

The second quarter went in 65 seconds, he had a nine-second lead, and it was over.

"At that point, I think Aaron started thinking about his 800 race," said Knott. "Who could blame him?"

In back-to-back races later on, Johnson won the 800 with a 1: 58.2 effort, and Zuknick dipped under 2: 20 (2: 19.9) for the first time. Zuknick won the 3,200 on Thursday in 11: 28.5 and thus gained track performer of the meet honors.

The only reason Knott didn't do likewise in the MIAA was Calvert Hall's speed machine, Alan McDavid. The junior took the sprint triple, doing 10.6, 21.9 and 51.1 in the 100, 200 and 400, respectively, but might have saved his best for last.

Taking the baton 5 yards in arrears in the 400 relay, McDavid ran down the McDonogh anchor to take the race by inches in 44.2 seconds.

Field performers of the two-day meet were Jen Williams of St. Mary's, who did 31 feet, 2 inches in the triple jump and 5 feet in the high jump.

Gilman's Felix Isuk, a football linebacker headed for Harvard to major in biochemical engineering, set conference marks in the shot pu (56-7) and discus (156-10). Isuk is a three-time MIAA champ in the shot put indoors, and he has won discus and shot twice each outdoors.

Calvert Hall's brilliance on the track allowed it to overcome a fairly substantial early lead Mount St. Joseph built in the field events to prevail in the team scoring, 138-124. Gilman (98), Loyola (64) and McDonogh (60) followed.

In the Catholic League meet, McDonogh pulled away from the rest of the field with 125 points. The Eagles did it with Chanel Lattimer winning the 400 and running second to Megan Schwartz of Notre Dame Prep in both the 100 and 200. And the Eagles' Jen Ford won both hurdle events.

Catholic League regular-season champion Catholic finished second (97.5), followed by Archbishop Spalding (89.5), Bryn Mawr (50), Mount de Sales (45) and St. Mary's (42).

Both the MIAA and Catholic League have invited schools from around the state to join them in a Maryland Private Schools Championship on the McDonogh track at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Pub Date: 5/09/99

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